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Friday Night Boys @ Cobalt Café

November 11, 2009

Written By: Jim Markunas
(Editor-In-Chief)

The Friday Night Boys brought the house down at the Cobalt Café! Unfortunately, like an idiot, I left my camera sitting on the couch at my apartment. It’s a shame, as FNB is one of the most energetic live bands I’ve seen in the past month. In my opinion, a band with a stage presence that big should have been at the Gibson or the Wiltern instead of the under-sized Cobalt Café. Friday Night Boys stole the show from headliners Hey Monday; after FNB played, I just couldn’t get into Hey Monday’s set. (Sorry, guys!)

Off The Deep End has been in heavy rotation in my iTunes for a few months now. I especially like FNB’s ‘feel-good’ emo/rock sound. At first glance, there’s nothing special or new about Friday Night Boys, they look and sound like an emo band, but… If you really listed to Off The deep End, it becomes obvious that FNB is a higher caliber act than most emo/pop punk bands. Blending punk, emo, electronica, and indie and a beautifully seemless manner, the Friday Night Boys have a chance at longevity. If they can continue to write great songs and play their asses off (as they did on Monday), they’ll be a household name in no time flat.

If you have a chance, check them out on tour – Myspace.com/thefridaynightboys

Read our review of Off The Deep End

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The Friday Night Boys – "Off The Deep End"

July 27, 2009

Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic
Rating: 3 Guns

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The Friday Night Boys

Written By: Tabitha Grace Smith

There’s a tendency to judge music that teens love dismissively without really listening to it. Understandably, most non-teens have a hard time grasping the notion that the teenager in their life may actually know something (after all of the fronting to say they did). If you’re one of those folks who dismiss teen-loved bands, give The Friday Night Boys a chance.

Hailing from Fairfax, Virginia, The Friday Night Boys have a new media success story. In 2008, they released their EP “The Sketch Process” and sold over 45,000 digital tracks (mostly on iTunes). The success of their EP caught the eye of MTV, who asked the band to play on their Total Request Live’s segment “On Your Radar,” (their unsigned band feature). As a result the band signed with the record label Fueled by Ramen and released their first full length album “Off the Deep End” this June.

“Off the Deep End” is one of those perfect summer listening albums. The songs are upbeat without being sugar-pop and cliche. The Friday Night Boys also veer clear of being too punk. Think of them more like Yellowcard and less like Blink-182. This is one of those rare albums where I enjoyed all of the songs from the getgo. Probably the best part of this album is the songs are incredibly singable, and many of the songs are cathartic to sing out loud (like “Sorry That I Stole Your Girl” and “Stuttering”). All in all this album is fun.

The entire album plays with effects, sounds, vocals and harmonies. I would have liked more harmony work from the other members of the band, but it was fun to hear them.

Like most pop punk bands, the album is a testament to relationships, lost love, girls and trying to survive a crazy life. Their first single “Unforget You,” is a energetic anthem of a broken heart and a girl who wants to get back together. I especially love how the guitar underscores the emotions in this song, working to a frenzy during the outcry of the chorus — “I can’t unforget you if I tried/I threw it all away/I can’t let you back inside/Not this time.”

My favorite song from the album is “Stupid Love Letter,” a song dedicated to not knowing if someone returns the love you have for them. The stupid things you do when you’re trying to figure out if someone loves you. And, then, after all his hard work to write that stupid love letter, she said no.

Another favorite song from the album is the slower ballad, “She’s Finding Me Out.” The Friday Night Boys manage to keep the pop punk sound without going cheesy. “She’s Finding Me Out” is a sweet, slightly creepy song about being in love with the popular girl, who apparently knows the guy is in love with her. I especially love the lyrics in the bridge, “She’s beautiful/Popular/Scared that I don’t belong in her world/I can’t sleep/When I can’t believe…”

All together a fun album that deserves a spin.

Like Friday Night Boys? Check out: Fall Out Boy, Yellow Card, Teenage Bottlerocket.

The Friday Night Boys

July 10, 2009

Photo Credit: Bryan Sheffield

It may seem like Fairfax, Virginia’s The Friday Night Boys have led a charmed life thus far, but to say they don’t deserve everything that’s come their way would be an out-and-out lie. Like many of today’s breakthrough musical acts, The Friday Night Boys—which features frontman Andrew Goldstein, bassist Robby Dallas Reider, guitarist Mike Toohey and drummer Chris Barrett—got their start on the Internet. However where their story goes from there is where things really get interesting.

Just one year after this group of tight-knit high-school acquaintances formed The Friday Night Boys, they decided to self-record The Sketch Process EP and distribute it online—but even The Friday Night Boys themselves were surprised by the way it took off considering that they only played regional shows at that point. “I put it on iTunes and the first month we had a decent amount of hits, but second month we had a whole lot of hits and it just kept increasing,” Goldstein explains. The EP would go on to be the catalyst for the band’s appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live’s “On Your Radar” segment for unsigned bands.

As you can probably guess, The Friday Night Boys didn’t stay unsigned for long—and they were introduced to Fueled By Ramen by one of the band’s early supporters: All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, who also decided to make The Friday Night Boys the first signing to his brand new imprint, The Party Scene. “We had played some local shows with All Time Low when they were in high school and Alex always used to tell us how much he liked our band,” Goldstein explains when asked how this relationship formed. “Alex worked so hard to promote us and help us out with recording,” Goldstein continues. “We feel honored to have him on our side.” The band also had the support of Photo Finish Records who have been longtime supporters of the band and have grown alongside the act.

To hold over their fans until the full album debut, The Friday Night Boys released the five-song EP That’s What She Said in October of 2008, which was the perfect introduction to the band’s raucous band of pop-rock. However, once you hear the band’s debut full-length Off The Deep End, it will be no surprise why MTV still supports the band and recently christened The Friday Night Boys “guaranteed to rock in 2009.” Produced by Emanuel Kiriakou, the album shows how much the band has grown in the past year and features everything from instantly accessible power ballads (“She’s Finding Me Out”) to energetic pop-punk rockers (“Suicide Sunday”) and everything in between. In fact, it’s not hard to picture songs like the electronica-tinged “Stupid Loveletter” as a dance floor anthem that’s will instantly get people moving—and the band wouldn’t have it any other way.

While The Friday Night Boys have toured with popular pop punk acts like All Time Low and Mayday Parade, they are in no way ashamed of their addiction to pop music. “I don’t really worry about where we fit in or how people want to categorize our music,” Goldstein explains. “I love pop and it’s my favorite genre of music,” he continues, adding that his favorite bands include everyone from Oasis to Avril Lavigne. “I love songs that are catchy and fun to listen to and that’s how I can relate to music,” he says. “Personally, I tend to gravitate toward songs that I can connect to on an emotional level.” In other words despite their fun-loving façade, not everything is one huge party for The Friday Night Boys. “We all love partying, but we also have a serious side as well; we’ve all gone through relationship issues with girls and heartbreak so it’s a two-way street,” Goldstein says when asked about some of the lyrical themes.

Ultimately The Friday Night Boys are just excited to get on the road and bring their music to their fans and soon-to-be followers. “We all feel so lucky and incredibly blessed to be working with the people we are working with,” Goldstein explains adding that the band grew up listening to artists on Fueled By Ramen. “We’ve all toured the country multiple times in other unsigned bands, so finally doing it in this band means our work has paid off—but we’re also extremely excited to work hard in this band and tour year round,” he summarizes. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes.”

Like The Friday Night Boys? Check Them Out Online:
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